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Trump addressing a CNN reporter. Photo: Don Emmert/Getty Images

CNN upped its defense against President Trump, arguing "CNN does not lie" after the president claimed the network was "caught in a major lie," and accused Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein, known for his Watergate reporting, of "making up" the story about Michael Cohen's willingness to talk to Robert Mueller regarding the Trump Tower meeting.

The big picture: It was later revealed that Michael Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis was an anonymous source in the story, and he eventually walked back his claims that Trump knew about the meeting before hand, according to his client. Axios' Sara Fisher notes it appears as is if CNN may have gotten played at least a little on this, and standing by their reporting so whole-heartedly is inviting a lot of criticism from the right.

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UN rights chief: At least 54 killed, 1,700 detained since Myanmar coup

A Feb. 7 protest in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images

Police and military officers in Myanmar have killed at least 54 people during anti-coup protests, while "arbitrarily" detaining over 1,700 people, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Thursday.

Why it matters: Protesters have demonstrating across Myanmar for nearly a month, demanding the restoration of democracy after the country's military leaders overthrew its democratically elected government on Feb. 1.

2 hours ago - Health

The danger of a fourth wave

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Anomalous Arkansas case data from Feb. 28 was not included in the calculated change; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.

The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled. And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.

Sidewalk robots get legal rights as "pedestrians"

"We’ve got about 1,000 of them running around out there," Ryan Tuohy of Starship tells Axios. Photo courtesy of Starship Technologies.

As small robots proliferate on sidewalks and city streets, so does legislation that grants them generous access rights and even classifies them, in the case of Pennsylvania, as "pedestrians."

Why it matters: Fears of a dystopian urban world where people dodge heavy, fast-moving droids are colliding with the aims of robot developers large and small — including Amazon and FedEx — to deploy delivery fleets.

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